5月23日 – 5月24日
Left Ningbo super early on the 23rd (day after my exams!) because I had an early flight to Xi’an! Thought it’d be nice to ‘treat myself’ a little after exams, and also because I felt like, after being in China for so long, I still hadn’t been to a lot of places in China? Except for my hometown or Shanghai. I’ve been to quite a number of cities in the Zhejiang, Fujian area of China so I wanted to try go somewhere much further than I was used to. Sue and I had been talking about taking a trip together and in the end, a week before we decided to leave, we booked our flights to Xi’an (super last minute).
I’m grouping the first half-day in Xi’an with this post otherwise it wouldn’t been a super short post. We were both pretty tired from waking up really early and Xi’an was a lot more humid than our respective cities so we took a reaaalllly long nap before even doing anything. We left our room around 8/9pm to check out the Muslim Street Market which was also close to the Bell/Clock Tower (钟楼／鼓楼). The place we were staying was right in the city centre and opposite the City Wall 西安城墙 so it was really centrally located, which is something that really saved us in last 2 days but we’ll get to that later.
(Official) Day 1 in Xi’an:
We were very ambitious on our first full day in Xi’an. We decided to hit up 3 places – Shaanxi History Museum, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and Tang Paradise. I actually really enjoyed myself this day!! Most likely because it was quite chill and the weather was slightly bearable and also because a lot of the times, we were just strolling around under shade or inside air-conditioned rooms HAHA. I really liked the Terracotta Warriors exhibit of the museum :B
Second stop was the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda (why such a long name when the chinese is 3 characters?). This place was also really nice!! We climbed to the top of the pagoda and the view was pretty damn great.
Third and final stop of the day was a bit of a last minute decision. We were actually going to head to Beilin Museum which is a museum of stone carvings(?) I believe as this place was really close to where we lived but on the bus to that place, we passed by Tang Paradise and we made a last minute decision to get off here and check it out and I’m so glad we did!! This place is so beautiful and it’s right next to the Pagoda, so I’d highly recommend checking it out after visiting the Pagoda if you go to Xi’an.
Most of the garden is man-made but (according to Wikipedia, always a reliable source, I know), the garden is at or close to a garden complex in the Tang Dynasty. The entire park is built to replicate the buildings and style of the Tang Dynasty and it is so so so beautiful. I really really loved this place. There are also lots of shows, light shows etc at this place but we didn’t stay long enough for that since we were both pretty tired towards the end of the day haha.
That’s it for Day 1! Stay tuned for Day 2: Fancy Baths & Mountains, Terracotta Warriors & Tombs.